The Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) was established in July 1999 and designated as one of 20 NIH-funded CFARs in the U.S.
The primary mission of the Center is:
- to create an infrastructure to foster basic, clinical, social and integrated HIV/AIDS research on campus;
- to identify funding opportunities and encourage involvement by Penn investigators in new and emerging areas of AIDS research;
- to coordinate efforts to develop resources on campus that would be of general use to AIDS researchers;
- to promote educational activities and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students; and,
- to identify underrepresented research areas in order to facilitate faculty recruitment.
The principal mechanism by which this environment is fostered is through the creation of shared resource core facilities that provide expertise, resources, and services that are not otherwise available. CFARs are expected to provide "added value" to their participating institutions by sponsoring and supporting training and educational initiatives, stimulating translational research, developing emerging scientific technologies and opportunities, and facilitating the recruitment of high quality AIDS/HIV faculty.
CFARs are also expected to address international and domestic populations hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic by:
- strengthening the capacity for HIV/AIDS research in developing countries
- supporting research on prevention and treatment of HIV infection in hard-to-reach, and hardest hit domestic populations, especially in inner city, rural poor, and disadvantaged minorities.